Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Mercedes-Benz vehicles may come with an "Attention Assistant" to alert you if you fall asleep behind the wheel, but the 2015 Honda CR-V has a different approach: just shake the heck out of you so you never fall asleep in the first place.

Owners have complained that the popular SUV shakes violently both while idling and while driving. Buyer beware.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,832 miles

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2015 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 3 of 7)

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problem #94

May 232015


  • 30 miles


Vehicle seats vibrates on D mode if you stop the vehicle. RPM moved automatically between 600 to 800 rmp on vehicle stop in D mode and ac is

- Covina, CA, USA

problem #93

Oct 172015


  • 600 miles
Bought this vehichle month ago. Around 1000 miles on odometer now. Vehichle have terrible vibration when stop in drive gear at stop lights or in slow traffic. Vibration are strong and made me nauxious in slow traffic one day. I took car to dealer but they not accepting it as a problem but saying its a charactristic of this vehichle. They updated the ECM software but problem still there. I am afraid this can get worse and result into major component failure or safety hazard. Honda should find the fix or stop selling

- Pinole, CA, USA

problem #92

Oct 212015


  • 600 miles
I bought a brand new 2015 Honda CR-V ex fwd a month ago. When the vehicle was little over 600 miles, I started feeling a severe vibration intermittently at idle in drive mode when I stop at stop signs. The frequency and severity increased now when it is about 1000 miles. Just to check its severity I placed an empty plastic bag on the passenger seat and I could here the noise made by the bag due to vibration. It was as if like massaging on my back and back of head. When I reported it to service department, they checked and told me that its a know issue with all 2015 models and no fix has been identified. I called american Honda also as per their suggestion and they also acknowledged this issue but said no fix is available. I'm wondering if there is any body that actually regulates auto makers to not sell vehicles having issues. If there is a know issue like this how can they keep selling the vehicles with issues and how does Honda sales people don't know about this issue" its almost end of 2015 and when are they going to develop a fix"

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #91

Oct 212015

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles


. intermittently, when stopped at a stop sign with automatic transmission in "drive" mode and tachometer at 800 RPM, the steering wheel, brake pedal and passenger seat vibrate. I mentioned this to the service department at cambridge Honda and they told me that they don't have a fix for this defect and that they are hoping that Honda Motors will be able to come up with solution to this defect at some point.....updated 12/30/15 the consumer stated there is a vibration of the steering wheel and driver's seat when idling at 800 rpms. Updated 2/23/2016

- Arlington, MA, USA

problem #90

Feb 162015


  • 500 miles
The 2015 Honda CR-V has a problem with a vibration while the car is stopped idle and in drive at slow speeds the idling occurs at every stop light, and in heavy highway bumper to bumper traffic. The vibrations are experienced in the front passenger and driver seats and center console. Drivers and passengers experience motion sickness including headaches, nausea. Any new passenger in my vehicle is startled by the vibrations. Every new passenger comments about the startling vibrations. Some passengers even scream due to the startling vibrations. All of this is extremely distracting to the driver who is trying to pay attention to the traffic. The car feels like it is hesitating and will stall when the gas petal is depressed. This has not happened yet, but the issue is getting worse not better. Honda admits to this issue, but offers no resolution and calls this merely an annoyance. This issue is getting worse and the manufacturer has been given a chance to fix the issue. I am not certain if the issue is the motor, transmission, or fuel injection system. It could be any of those systems. The attempt to make the CR-V more fuel efficient by using the Honda Accord's engine has been a failure and resulted in a major safety issue with the cars.

- Norwood, MA, USA

problem #89

Aug 102015


  • 650 miles
I bought a brand new CR-V ex-L based on excellent reviews from consumer reports and edmunds. I expected the car to be perfect. However, Honda sold me the defected car without any notice even this defect was known for months. The issue is a vibration during idle. For example, when I stop on the traffic light, the passenger seat starts to shake. If I release breaks vibrations will go away. It is not normal. I noticed this problem 2 months after the purchase (or 600-700 miles). Then I went to the dealer and he told me that Honda's engineers were "working on it", no solution was found yet and I had to wait for a further notice. Visible vibrations mean that there is mechanical resonance in the car. An example of destruction due to mechanical resonance would be a collapse of Tacoma narrows bridge. Thus, my safety concern is that the car can be damaged structurally. For example, few bolts may come loose and the car may disintegrate during the drive. The problem could be that a newly introduced cvt transmission in Honda CR-V 2015 doesn't go along with the engine and they produce excessive vibrations that spread thru a car frame to the seat. Probably, the car wasn't tested properly during design process. Thus, Honda engineers overlooked this problem. I have a video file of vibrations but it's too big for upload. Anyway, you can see this issue here: Https://

- Forest Hils, NY, USA

problem #88

Oct 192015


  • 35 miles


I purchased this vehicle on October 18, 2015. I didn't know about the vibration issues until after I bought it. The day after I bought it I noticed significant vibrations when waiting at the light to turn green or to make a left/right turn while on D gear. Both the passenger and driver seats vibrate as well as the steering wheel. The vibrating problem continues to this day. I am hoping this will not be a safety issue. I have never had to worry about my safety in regards to owning a Honda until now. I have had 2 other Honda cars previously and never had issues with them such as this one. I am hoping that Honda will fix this problem soon because a new car should not have this kind of problem. If Honda knew about this problem, it should have at least told its dealerships to divulge this information to prospective buyers so that they could make a more educated decision/purchase. If I had known about this I would have purchased a Subaru instead. I have notified the dealership where I bought the car about the problem. I still need to get their service technician to look at it so that the problem can be thoroughly documented in the event of a recall. I want/need this problem fixed asap.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #87

Sep 282015


  • miles
I bought 2015 Honda CR-V ex just 4 week ago, it has a huge vibration that you can feel and see inside the vehicle especially when its stop and in idle mode or drive shift. Vibration can feel in the seating, steering wheel, side doors, brake and gas pedals, shift knob and even the back passager seat. I bought this car for my family to enjoy their daily rides but their not, and keep asking me why has it. Psychologically and emotionally my driving concentration are always affected, and that is unsafe for our everyday driving and to anyone who has this issue. I always feel sick every times I get out of this car, I feel my hand like I use a jack hammer after a while. Dealer's service dept. Confirmed to me that there are three issues that cause the vibration and there is no fix yet about the issue. I love Honda eversince, it my favorite brand. I hope they can do something to fix it fast before any can get hurt..

- National City, CA, USA

problem #86

Oct 222015


  • miles
Engine vibrates at idle and get worse if you turn on A/C. no solution to resolve issue customers are having.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #85

Aug 282015


  • miles
I purchased a 2015 Honda CR-V with 35 miles. Before my purchase I test drove it with no complaints. Shortly after taking it home at about 500 miles I noticed I vibration while my Honda CR-V is idling. I have taken it back to the dealer who has done nothing yo resolve this issue. I have also called Honda headquarters who have also not offered me a solution to this issue. It vibrates real hard when I stop, it's idling or when I'm in reverse. It also tends to want to shut off. This is a major issue for me that creates a safety issue. For a brand new car this should be occurring. I'm afraid to drive it. I would really appreciate some help in getting some solution as Honda and the dealer is not helping me. I feel very stuck driving a car that has a defect. I was deceived in purchasing a car that obviously a safety issue.

- Bridgeport, CT, USA

problem #84

Aug 132015


  • 13,000 miles


Vibrations and rumbles when in drive while at stops with foot on brakes. It's getting worse. Initial visit at the Honda dealer, they could not duplicate. The second time at a dealer they said an engine update was needed and should stop it. Well it got worse, so I took it back and the vibration and rumble was duplicated but Honda doesn't have a fix. Rough idles at stops and low speeds can cause a strain on the engine and eventually engine failure. The vibration is so bad that it sends waves thru my foot when it's on the brakes and the vibration is felt through out my body. The front and back seats vibrates until my 9 year old thinks that we're getting a butt massage. This is really sad and an unfortunate loss of a loyal customers trust in Honda since 1990.

- Fayette, MS, USA

problem #83

Apr 042015


  • 8,000 miles
The truck vibrates alot when it comes to a stop, at a traffic light.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #82

Sep 122015


  • 500 miles
I purchased my Honda CR-V touring 2015 on August 29, 2015, approximately five weeks ago. It has a vibration when stopped while in drive (like at a stop light or stop sign) it also has an intermittent strong vibration in the steering wheel on highways. I am very unhappy with my purchase and as I searched this problem on the internet, I've seen a lot of people are experiencing this problem. They all say when they take it back to the dealer it does not get repaired and apparently Honda is acknowledging that there is a problem now. Being that I work, I do not have time to go back to the dealer and sit there knowing (from other people's experiences) that it will not get corrected.

- Bensalem, PA, USA

problem #81

Sep 222015


  • 30 miles
Strong vibration on the front seats when engine is warm and rpms below 600.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #80

Aug 152015


  • 685 miles
The CR-V vibrates when stationary in park position and when you drive. It really shakes as you drive in the city stopping at stop signs or lights while in drive. It feels like engine could stop. It has a slight hesitation upon accelerating. This is with the A/C off. The A/C disguises the vibration when on mostly.

- Martinez, GA, USA

problem #79

Nov 242014


  • 100 miles
Vehicle vibrates badly when at idle in drive with foot on brake. Vehicle also vibrates when RPM is around 2000 RPM when moving. Can be felt in steering wheel, seats, dashboard, and floor. Honda admits there is a problem but no remedy in site after 10 months. Two videos from Honda have been released so far with no solution available.

- Manteca, CA, USA

problem #78

Jul 272015


  • 500 miles
Car was purchased on 7/1/15. Approximately 3 weeks after purchase, around 500 miles, the vehicle began experiencing strong vibrations when in drive gear at idle (I.e., stopped at a traffic light). Entire body of car shudders significantly causing discomfort to passengers and nausea in some cases. The problem typically begins after driving the car for 5-10 minutes, and worsens the longer the engine has been running. Honda service says that there is no known fix for this problem, and dealer refuses to provide a refund.

- Gladwyne, PA, USA

problem #77

Aug 192015


  • 45 miles
The car vibrates and shudders during idle at stops, as well as accelerating and decelerating at various speeds--during the shudder cycle, it feels like the engine could sputter out but it cycles back. This is unacceptable for a new vehicle. Honda has been aware of this defect and is not disclosing it to new buyers, and does not have a fix. Dealer says oh yeah, this is a known issue, and Honda is working on it. This is an abomination; the car should not be continued to be sold and owners should have a remedy.

- Natick, MA, USA

problem #76

Apr 012015


  • 100 miles
Strong vibration at idel (while in "D") while stopped at traffic light or stopped at stop sign. Also vibrates while accelerating between 1000 to 1500 RPM. Took it back to Honda dealer and they did some testing on it and find out that there is a problem but didnt fix the issue by saying Honda dont have any solution to the problem and Honda is working on solutions also said that Honda is aware of the problem.

- Edgewater Park, NJ, USA

problem #75

Aug 142015


  • 1,000 miles
We had bought a brand new Honda CRV from O donnel Honda in ellicott city (near baltimore). We had added an accessory of a remote starter. The dealer installed the remote starter but it is not working (car has to be twice started and restarted). Dealer has told us that this is a known problematic issue with all crvs with keyless entry. We were never told about this problem while buying the car. We consider this as fraudulent practice. I am requesting dot to please help us ask Honda to resolve this issue. Either the remote starter should be reinstalled or another starter should be installed which works correctly. Please note that if this is a known error (as dealer said) then all Honda crvs should be recalled. Restarting the car twice or more damages the car and could lead to safety issues if car starter stops working sooner than expected. We rely all our car for all personal, family and business needs. If a new car breaks down due to such faulty programming, it will cause immense damage.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

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